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Just got back off of the JMT, and at first I was a little nervous about bringing this tent . It performed above and beyond any expectations we had!! Set up was easy and got easier as the days went by, tear down was even simpler! Lite weight & roomy as well! This has turned into our favorite tent now! Bill on Jul 15th 2016
Why five because of the unique design, light weight, functionality and cavernous interior. I have been looking for a tent that would provide light weight, easy ingress/egress and more interior space. Along came the Tensegrity 2 FL and on paper it was everything I wanted, hands down. The interior is so spacious and I love the head volume, it actually allows you to comfortably move around without having to contort yourself into strange yoga moves. It has plenty of room to store your backpack/gear in the tent or even better the vestibule/garage area provided by the novel rain-flap idea they integrated into the design of the tent (perfect to put your shoes there). My wife and I just returned from a 9 day 8 night backpacking trip in the Olympics and I specifically bought this tent for that reason. It performed flawlessly with the exception of condensation build up. But I must say I am very familiar with this drawback of single walled tents. I have a tarp and a tarp tent I use and both have suffered the same fate of condensation and even though the tensegrity has huge door areas that can be opened to help with ventilation it was no match for the conditions of Olympic NP. There was condensation every night with the exception of one night and we always had the tent doors fully opened. It's okay though, I expected it. I backpack in GSMNP many times and it's a very wet and humid environment and a single wall tent (which is what the Tensegrity 2 FL is) will be no match, so just expect it! The tent holds up well in high winds as well but you have to set it up properly. We were at Upper Cameron when we experienced gusts around 35-40 mph and it pulled a tent peg right out of the ground. That was our fault as it was set only halfway in the ground and not at a 45 degrees. That's the only drawback of a tent that is not free standing. The ground at this location was very rocky and hard, it made it difficult to get a good secure stake in the ground and with no heavy rock anchors around we had to do the best (I knew that stake was not going to hold - hind sight!). One thing they need to change is to use reflective cord/guide wire. When that tent stake went flying at 2:00 am it made it really difficult to find in the dark freezing rain with a head lamp. Luckily we spotted it but it would have been so much easier with reflective cord/ wire (NOTE that Sierra Designs) I'll be replacing all the wires with reflective type cord. Set-up is actually pretty easy and it's not difficult at all to get a correct and taut pitch. My wife actually set it up on her own on many of the camp nights without any assistance. For the size of this tent that's pretty darn good. The price point on this tent is expensive but I think it is well worth it. The comfort it provides, nice open views, relative ease of set-up, great volume, great gear storage area with the rain tarp/garage section, minimal weight penalty for the size (just over 2 lb's) it's incredible. and I look forward to many more camp experiences with the Tensegrity 2 FL - Nice job Sierra Designs. Richard on Sep 18th 2015
I've owned this tent for half a year now. I use it both for backpacking and for car camping, mostly around Colorado. It's the perfect combination of lightweight and comfortable. I do a LOT of camping and so far it's handled every situation. I do not use it for my solo 10 lb superlight build, it's a bit too luxurious for that, but it is feasible for ultralight if a shelter is where you want your luxury weight, and may even make sense for superlight with 2 people splitting it, especially if you already use hiking poles. It's a 3-season tent to me, not great in snow since the snow can collect on top despite the slope, but with some tightening it survived a night of heavy spring snow that surprised me up near Telluride. It performed well in heavy rain up at Kite Lake (on a date!), and it's ventilated really well so it doesn't get as hot as dome tents in the sun. There will be some condensation on the ceiling in most situations, but it's never dripped down on me or been a real problem. I got the Elite because it lacks flame retardant chemicals (thanks SD!), but it's also not seam-sealed; I bought seam sealant but actually have never had to seal the seams, even in heavy rain! I'm in the midwest; sealing might matter more in rainy climates. It comes with small ultralight stakes. I replaced mine with longer heavy-duty groundhogs because I like the reassurance of tough stakes on long trips. Stakes are important since this tent isn't free-standing. That does make it impossible to move once it's staked up; so take a little extra time to pick the right spot on the first try. Once set up tightly, the tent is completely solid. I've set it up a few hundred times now and have solo setup time down to about 5 minutes. It can be set up with hiking poles, which I don't use, so I ordered the SD poleset at 8oz. I'm not sure if they would fit in the bag, I carry them separately. The tent, back pole, and stakes all pack easily into their bags. Just roll it up and stick it in, no stuffing required. I use an ultralight polycro groundsheet beneath it (from gossamer gear). At the Kite Lake camp we accidentally set it up over what became a puddle. Water got about my groundsheet so the bottom of the tent was essentially floating on water all night, and very little water got through to inside. The bottom is pretty much waterproof and would work fine without a groundsheet. It's pretty thin though so I use the sheet to protect from tears. When I'm camping around other people, I set up with feet facing them; with the zippable windows and the design of the front, I can get total privacy while still having some ventilation. Other campers come up to ask me about this tent all the time, I think because of the unique shape. Everyone is curious what model it is. When I have a camping partner, having a door on each side is super nice. However, the side screen zippers go up to a little pocket near their apex, which usually gets caught on the zipper when you try to quickly zip it up. If you want a complete seal you have to use two hands to work the zipper around the pocket. It's not a big deal but a little annoying. Mostly I'm camping alone, but I'm 6'3" and gangly, plus I do a lot of work on my laptop, so I wanted the extra space of a 2-person tent. This tent is *generously* 2-person. With a second person, I'm not cramped up against them at all. I put down 2x 25" width Exped pads (so 50" total) and they fit, although they ride up the sides a little by the feet. I strap them together so I have a huge ground pad, it's awesome. There is more than enough length, almost too much. The headroom this tent's inverted shape gives me feels great, maybe it's mostly psychological like a vaulted ceiling is, but I love it. I really like this tent. Great job by SD. Adam on Aug 27th 2015
Super ultralight 2 person backpacking tent thats designed to use your trekking poles as tent poles! I love the 3 pitch design that lets me enjoy the great outdoors, or hunker down to endure a nasty storm. Plenty of room for two people compared to most two person tents. The added bonus is I can actually sit up straight inside the tent, and Im six foot. So far i've battled snow, sleet, rain, and wind up here in Oregon. The tent has kept me dry, and a happy camper! If your looking for a tent that pops right up this isn't for you. If you want a well designed, super light, and multi functioning backpacking tent then this is for you. Jonathan on Jun 16th 2015